The island of Java has over 30 volcanoes, most of them
active. I took this picture from the air. Thank you, Garuda.
In central Java, Yogya is the island's cultural heart. It's
leader is a Sultan, who is also the regional Governor.
The Sultan lives in his dynasty's palace, the Kraton, which is
open to the public
Sultan Hamengkubuwono X
The Sultan is a Moslem ruler who must also respect traditional
Javanese mystic spiritual beliefs. Thus, the Kraton Palace has
many protectors & guardians.
Golden ceiling in the Kraton museum honoring the
Sultan's father, who was extremely popular for
opposing both the Japanese occupation during World
War II and Dutch colonialism.
If you have a high speed internet
connection, watch the Intrepid Berkeley
Explorer's Bali and Java Video by
clicking on Gamelan, Garuda & Ganesh